The holidays for your pet generally means a change in their normal routines. Families are traveling, work schedules change and school schedules change. For your pet sometimes it means them coming with you as you visit friends and family. If you do plan on traveling with your pet here are some pointers to keep them as safe and calm as possible.
Make sure your pet will “come” when called. “Come” is a command that every pet should know. This will help ensure your pet does not run away in an area they are not familiar with.
If they are riding in the car with you make sure they are relaxed during the ride. Sometimes giving them their own space in the car can keep them calm and feel safe. Please do not have them ride in your lap as you drive.
Teach your pet at home not to dart out the door when it is open. This will help keep them from running away when they are not home.
Make sure to take enough breaks that your pet can stretch their legs and go to the bathroom so they aren’t uncomfortable in the car.
- Make sure they are up to date on vaccines and remain on monthly heartworm and flea and tick preventatives. Depending on where you travel with them these can be concerns all year round for pets. Keep a copy of their vaccines with you as you travel in case it would be needed.